Onboard the Disney Magic + Our Trick to Getting the BEST Disney Cruise Deals

Our first ever cruise as a family was onboard the Disney Magic back in 2009. After traveling with Disney Cruise Line several times (5 to be exact) we switched over to give Norwegian and Royal Caribbean a try. As great as their ships were there was always something missing. So, this spring break we sailed once more on the Disney Cruise Ship that started it all. Take a peek inside the reimagined (recently renovated) Disney Magic + learn our trick to getting the BEST Disney Cruise Deals!

Onboard the Disney Magic + Our Trick to Getting the BEST Disney Cruise Deals

The Ship

The Disney Magic embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship. On the Disney Magic, guests can experience new adventures, explore re-imagined areas and discover exciting additions for the whole family. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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Disney Cruise ships are immaculate. They are seriously so well kept that cruising on the Magic felt like cruising on a brand new ship.

“Adventures Away,” an extra-special celebration on the upper decks, signals the official start of magical vacation on the Disney Magic. Deck parties aboard Disney Cruise Line are designed to entertain all ages with high-energy music, dancing, special effects and appearances by the Disney characters. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

We love the sail away parties. But, if you have done it a few times before and you have kids that need to be signed into kids club the sail away party is the perfect time to get that done!

AquaDunk on the Disney Magic is a thrilling new three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch when the floor beneath guests’ feet opens like a trap door. The drop sends them on an exhilarating, swift and splashy ride in a tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

When the Disney Magic was re-imagined they added this AMAZING AquaDunk a 3-story sudden drop body slide.

AquaDunk on the Disney Magic is a thrilling new three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch when the floor beneath guests’ feet opens like a trap door. The drop sends them on an exhilarating, swift and splashy ride in a tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

It is seriously the BEST water slide, although definitely not for the faint of heart as you literally get dropped into the tube and then swing out over the side of the ship on a 20-foot curvature. You also need to be at least 48″ to ride.

The new AquaLab water playground on the Disney Magic is a fun and fanciful area for families to frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers. Interactive games keep kids moving, while the Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide gets them delightfully drenched. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The AquaLab is very well designed on the Disney Magic. Liv loved the shallow pool and both of the splash areas.

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Unlike other cruise ships that have cold water spewing out onto the kids. The water splashing out of Huey, Dewie, and Louie is actually warm.

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Got to love all you can eat soft serve available ALL DAY LONG!!!

Marvel's Avengers Academy in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic invites young crime-fighters into a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training. Throughout the base, displays feature some of the equipment that makes The Avengers the earth's mightiest heroes, including Iron man's suit of armor. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Marvel fans will dig the new upgrades to the Oceaneer’s Lab where kids 3-12 can get their superhero on at the MARVEL’s Avengers Academy. The statue of Iron Man was amazing!!

Getting magic band for Oceaneer's Club onboard the Disney Magic. Disney Cruise Line

Kids Club is included in your cruise package and your kids will actually LOVE going. The counselors are so great with the kids and they always have a ton of amazing activities planned. As a parent I love that they place a magic band on each child so that you know exactly where you child is at all times and you have peace of mind knowing they are safe.

Andy's Room, a new multi-level youth space in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, brings the stars of the Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" film trilogy to life. Stocked with all of Andy's favorite toys, the room features a giant, working Mr. Potato Head, larger-than-life version of the lovable "Toy Story" piggy bank, Hamm, and Slinky Dog slide, the most fun way to descend to the toy room floor. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

How awesome is the Toy Story Play Area???

The youngest (and smallest) cruisers up to three years old can enjoy the new It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Magic. Inspired by the namesake Disney Parks attraction, this whimsical world is a place of age-specific fun and discovery with trained counselors. (Jimmy DeFlippo, photographer)

Have a little one under 3 or not yet toilet trained? Disney is one of the only cruise lines that offers babysitting services for younger kids. It is an hourly paid service but its totally worth it if you have a little one. Especially, during the long multi-course dinners.

“Tangled: The Musical” is the newest original Disney Cruise Line stage spectacular. Presented exclusively aboard the Disney Magic, it combines a heartfelt story, an enchanting score and lavish production numbers to showcase the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

All of the shows are INCREDIBLE onboard the Disney Cruise Line, but Tangled was remarkable. No other cruise line comes close to the level of talent Disney pulls off. The nightly shows onboard a Disney Cruise are Broadway caliber.

Our Room

Staterooms on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are designed with nautical décor and plenty of usable space. Designed with style, comfort and a dash of Disney magic, staterooms include generous storage areas and premium bedding and linens. The innovative bath-and-a-half design is featured in nearly every stateroom on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Another reason Disney is our favorite cruise line, especially for families with younger kids, is the kid-friendly amenities in the rooms.

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Things like the extended cabins that sleep a family of 5 with a kids bunk + a pull out murphy bed.

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The fact that all of your kids favorite Disney Channel shows are available 24/7 in the room. A big help when you are trying to get ready for dinner, early mornings, or when you just want to come back and relax in the room.

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The double bathrooms are also nice with toilet and sink in one area.

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And, then shower and sink in another. AND, Disney ships are the only ones that I have ever seen that have a bathtub/ shower versus just a stand up shower. It may not seem like a big deal but when you have kids that don’t yet shower having that tub makes things a whole lot easier.

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And, of course the nightly turn down, towel animal, Navigator delivery so you can plan the next day’s activities and Ghiradelli chocolates are nice too!

Castaway Cay

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Another spot that Disney crushes their competition is with their private island Castaway Cay.

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This pristine beach has all the amenities you need to have an incredible day just steps away from the ship.

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Check out how beautiful the ocean water is there. Not only is it super clear but it’s also pretty warm too meaning even my two girls who hate ocean water will hop in.

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Guests slide and splash on Pelican Plunge, an exciting water play area located within swimming distance from the shore at Castaway Cay. The 2,400-square-foot floating platform has two water slides—an enclosed corkscrew slide and a 140-foot-long open slide—that take guests on a twisting ride, ending with a splash into the lagoon. A giant "bucket dump" and water cannons soak guests on the platform. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

On Castaway there are also a bunch of family-friendly activities and events. We love hanging out on the waterslides early before the lines start to get too long.

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Then we grab one of their FREE wagons or jogger strollers and head to the Character Dance Party and lunch.

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The dance party is such an awesome experience. We have done it SO many times and the kids still never tire of it. I think they get a kick out of seeing the characters out of their element on the beach in swim gear. And, with the music going and people cheering the energy level is magical.

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Now that is a HAPPY kid!

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Lunch on Castaway is included as well. You’ll see your same servers roaming around and helping you out. The BBQ style cuisine is tasty!

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And, you can always finish your meal with a cold soft serve. I recommend filling a cup so it lasts longer. They seem to melt faster in the cones.

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Another fun activity we always hit up is the bike rentals. You can secure your rental with the activities desk onboard or preferably book it prior to sailing. They have a package the includes bike rental, snorkel, and inner tube and that seems to be an awesome combo for our family. A little bit of everything.

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The bike trails are a blast and also a great way to get some exercise on the island. There is also a 5k run early in the morning as well but we never seem to wake up in time. #RunnerGoals #NextTime

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The bike route takes you to a fun lookout tower that you can climb with the kids.

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They’ll love exploring all of the sights and checking out how far they can see from up there.

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See our ship on the right in the background?

Serenity Bay at Disney's Castaway Cay the adult only beach

There is a kids club actually on the beach if you want to check your kids in and head to Serenity Bay which is an adults only beach area. It looks lovely!

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Liv LOVES Frozen so you can imagine her excitement when she got a glimpse at her favorite cuddly snowman.

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Next up was snorkeling. This time we brought our own snorkels but I loved that they allowed us to use their yellow vests. They inflate just enough to be helpful with the kids but not too much that they are uncomfortable.

At Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay, guests can rent snorkel gear and splash into the lagoon to explore 22 acres of underwater life. Families can spot tropical fish on a snorkel trail, and they might even discover hidden surprises and treasures under the sea during their adventure. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) 0409ZZ_1274MS.jpg

Disney worked their magic in the snorkel area and placed all sorts of sunken treasure down there. It makes it super fun to swim around.

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There are also some really cool fish that are incredibly friendly.

At Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay, guests have the exciting opportunity to swim and interact with Southern Stingrays in a private lagoon. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

These guys are not in the snorkel area. But, you can participate in the stong ray excursion where you get to feed these guys.

Castaway Cay guests will find a little piece of paradise all to themselves with 20 new private rental cabanas. With most located on the family beach and some on the adult-exclusive Serenity Bay Beach, each 325-square foot deluxe cabana is furnished with tables, cushioned chaise lounges, refrigerator, fresh water shower and more for the ultimate upscale beach experience. (Disney)

I just learned about the cabanas you can rent on Castaway Cay. Aren’t they super cute?

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After a long day, it is nice to hop on a tram and taken back to the boat. The staff has ice cold water, cool clean washcloths, fresh towels and hand sanitizer waiting for you as you board. It’s that level of service that really makes Disney stand out from the other two (NCL and RCCL).

The Food

The newly re-imagined Animator’s Palate onboard the Disney Magic is now painting a refreshing new “Drawn to Magic” show, immersing guests in an animated show about a hero’s journey through Disney and Pixar animation from wishing upon a star to happily ever after. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

On Disney ships they have the coolest dining set up. You rotate your main dining restaurant for dinner each night, but you get to keep the same waiters.

One of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around. At Animator’s Palate, the room comes to life as guests are immersed in the wonder of Disney animation during magical interactive dinner shows. (Jimmy DeFlippo, photographer)

Animator’s Palate is my favorite restaurant and I loved the way the animation came to life over the course of our meal. It was really fun.

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You can expect delicious food onboard Disney Ships as well. They are also the BEST with handeling food allergies and sensitivies. They really go out of their way to make sure everyone is very well cared for.

Lobster Croquetas with banana lentil salad and horseradish cream (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Just a few delicious dishes.

De La Costa Cream Cheese Flan with caramel bananas and Pedro Ximenez reduction sauce in Carioca’s on the Disney Magic. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic resembles a grand dining room aboard a classic transatlantic ocean liner. The design features rose-petal chandeliers and theming from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” adding a little French flair and providing a magical night of dining and romance. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Lumiere’s feels a little more upscale. Ella loved the Beauty & the Beast Roses hung in the light fixtures.

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I was also pleasantly surprised by how many healthy items I found on the menu each night at dinner. I don’t have any food allergies but I am pretty picky. I am a vegetarian who eats eggs and fish, just no meat. I expected to only have a handful pf options when it came to eating however there were so many choices. It was wonderful!

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I did skip out on dessert and instead ended the night with a delicious cup of coffee. But, that didsn’t stop the kids (and it shouldn’t).

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Did you know that you can order a Mickey Ice Cream Bar from any of the main restaurants and from room service even though it is NOT on the menu??

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Oh, and the themed dinners are so much fun too. For Pirate’s Night even the menu and meal choices go along with the theme.

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There is also one night where your waiter will make silly hats out of your napkins. The younger kids will get a kick out of it. And, honestly its pretty funny trying to figure out what they are making for each person in your party. I scored with a Minnie Bow 😉

On the Disney Magic, Cabanas offers guests a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations, breathtaking ocean views, and indoor and outdoor seating. Drawing inspiration from Australian influences with uniquely Disney touches, Cabanas creates a sunny "down under" atmosphere for guests. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The buffet is good but nothing incredible. I like to stick to the omlette station for breakfast (they’ll make you made to order eggs, egg whites, and you can ask them to use cooking spray vs. fry with oil) and Indian for lunch/ dinner. I actually prefer to eat at some of the smaller pick up eateries located around the pool though when it comes to lunch and dinner we always go to our reserved restaurant seating.

Salmon Salad Room Service Disney Cruise

Another option is the INCLUDED room service. The salmon salad is a decent option. It made it easy when Liv took a nap in the room. The room service is pretty timely only slowing down around the main dining hours. And, they have things like uncrustables that you can order and then store in your mini fridge in the cabin for when kids need a snack.

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In case you were wondering, yes these treats tasted as amazing as they look.

The Characters

The Disney Magic crew wouldn’t be complete without Captain Mickey and First Mate Minnie, who greet guests onboard the ship. Special visits from favorite Disney characters are guaranteed to delight the entire family every day on the Disney Magic. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

No cruise can compare with the amazing experience of traveling the high seas with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and mean seriously how cool is that?

On the Disney Magic, guests are encouraged to don their eye patches and pirate gear for the adventurously themed deck party, Pirates IN the Caribbean. Favorite Disney characters join guests for a raucous good time, featuring an epic battle, stunt performers, music, dancing and a spectacular grand finale—fireworks at sea like only Disney can do! (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Besides Pirate’s night and the meet & greets you will also see your favorite characters just roaming the ship. That is one of those things that makes cruising with Disney SO cool. The characters also visit the kids clubs a ton and even have special scheduled events like storytime with a princess, making goo with Stitch, and a Pillow Fight/ Sleepover with Goofy and Pluto that your little ones definitely should NOT miss!

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To help control lines Disney set up a ticketed reservation system for the character meet & greets. This was outr first time using this system and I have to say it did really speed up the process. It was really great not having to wait in line.

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Overall

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If you LOVE Disney than a Disney Cruise is PERFECT for you! Their service, cleanliness, kid-friendly amenities, broadway style shows and private island make them stand out against their competition. Even sailing on an older ship like the Magic, right after sailing on the NEWEST and LARGEST ship at sea from Royal Caribbean I can confidently say I had a better time on the Disney Cruise.

+ This Hack that Saved Us over $1,000. This is the tip to getting the BEST Disney Cruise Deals.

After looking at all those amazing photos are YOU ready to book a cruise? There are a few places you can score Disney Cruise Deals. But, if you really want to save big on a Disney Cruise I think this hack is the way to go and it’s simple. Log onto The Disney Cruise Line website and watch for ‘Guaranteed Space Rates’ they are available closer to the cruise as a last minute option to fill empty boats. But, on the last three cruises we have done with Disney we have been able to score Verandah level rooms and each time we have also had them adjoined. Even though that is the risk you run booking ‘Guaranteed Space Rates”. You may end up a few doors down from each other. But, on our last cruise, this hack saved us $2,500+. Not too shabby!

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*Some photos featured above are courtesy of Disney Cruise Line. At times Global Munchkins staff may receive discounted or comped stays and/or products for the purpose of our review. However, all thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% our own. 

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